The Community’s College: Indicators of Engagement at Two-Year Institutions

January 9, 2018

Based on the findings of a multi-year research project, this volume profiles successful community engagement practices and programs at community colleges across the country. Designed to provide both two- and four-year institutions with specific guidance on creating an engaged campus, it explores institutional culture, organizational structures, enabling mechanisms, curricular issues, and partnering strategies as avenues to community and civic engagement. Also included is a comprehensive self-assessment tool to help campuses evaluate and deepen their own engagement practices. 

Table of Contents:



Community Colleges and the Civic Engagement Movement

Institutional Culture

Curriculum & Pedagogy

Faculty Culture

Mechanisms and Resources

Community-Campus Exchange

Conclusion: Community colleges and the Promise of a Diverse Democracy 

Appendix I: Research Methodology

Appendix II: Campus Compact’s “Indicators of Engagement” Self-Assessment Guide 

Appendix III: Key Campus Contacts for Colleges in This Study 


Edited by Edward Zlotkowski, Donna K. Duffy, Robert Franco, Sherril B. Gelmon, Katrina H. Norvell, Jennifer Meeropol, Steven G. Jones

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